1930 Gar Wood 28′ runabout. Has the Consolidated gauge panel, some hardware and a Scripps 202 engine.

Looking for a winter project? Okay, it may run into the Spring, Summer, fall, and winter again. But you get the idea. Going to the Racine boat show? Long time fellow Woody Boater Jim Staib from Fine Wood Boats is having a fall clearance on some BIG Rare project boats! One will be at Racine and the others are just an hour away in McHenry, IL

These are serious big time boats and complete are worthy of restoration.

Okay, it looks a little rough. But as a pattern boat, its pure gold


Its all there.


Needs a little TLC ish!

Rare Dash panel. This is a great way to get a project boat. Looks like crap, but why buy one thats been poorly done, or half way there? After all on a boat like this you are going to go all out, so just use the pattern

So, you don’t want a Garwood? How about this little, ..Large Gem . Comes with a Name ” Nirvana” You can change that to Miss LottaNirvana! Cause it takes that to do one of these. But, if you are about to do a project boat, this is the type of boat to do. Wood is wood, Labor is labor, the end product should be a great boat.

1930 Chris-Craft 28′ runabout. #3107 Little hardware. Originally A-70 powered and delivered to Minnesota. Named “Nirvana”

Okay, this looks worse that it appears. It’s all there.. Somewhere. Where did I put that hatch?

Oh, yeah, under the ivy.

Sitting next to a tree. Hey, at least the tree isn’t growing right through it.

Comes with a custom transom? That wood work took decades to perfect

Still has paint on her!

OH! Ouch. Yeah, I can’t spin this photo. It is what it is.

Very rare spoke wheel. Yes it needs the wheel part, but thats just a detail. It has some springs? Thats good

Throw a coat of paint on it, and call it preserved.

Some more of that unique Wood Work.

Okay, don’t want a painted boat? How about a more solid boat A 29′ Chris Craft. yes these are bigg’ns and worth it.

1929 Chris-Craft 26′ Runabout. #903 Little hardware. Probably the most solid of the three. ladder not included.


Has two huge tanks.

Interior, just needs a little leather cleaner and will clean up nice

This is a massive and very rare Chris Craft. And could be in your driveway soon.

You were gonna want to replace the covering boads anyway.

All the patterns are there. Even a strap pattern.

Just vacume it out. It may float

What an amazing design. All kidding aside, you know, finished this boat would be insane cool

Not a vintage ladder. Or trailer.

So we have had some fun today at Jims stuff’s expense. But, honestly if you are at the level where a huge project is your thing, don’t waste you time and money on an ordinary boat. The price of restoration would be no different doing a rare amazing boat like these than a similar boat thats been restored a bunch of times. These are serious boats that you would want to go all the way with, and why throw away half used wood or some old West System bottom. This is actually the smarter way to do this. buy the pattern in this sort of shape. The other good thing, is the Jim Staib factor. He is a great guy, and knows his stuff. No BS, not flim flamming,  Jim pretty much sums up what these are all about.

“They all need EVERYTHING!”

Interested? Click HERE to FIne Wood Boats and talk with Jim. Meet him in Racine at the big International show!

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33 Responses to “Jim Staib Is Bringing A Big Winner To Racine.”
  1. Matt

    Yes, but our point today is, its gonna cost either way, so why not start with a serious boat vs one that will never get you anything special in the end.

  2. Flash

    The ’29 is an amazing boat, it’s current condition is a little suspect, but what a beautiful design. And with 1000 gallons of fuel, you could take it anywhere!

    • Jim Staib

      While the twin tanks were original design these turned out to be old oil drums. 33gal each. Cleaned out 4 five gallon buckets of raccoon crap from that boat yesterday.

  3. Troy in ANE

    Those are some COOL pattern boats!

    Major projects are not in my wheelhouse, but I agree those are some very worthy candidates.

      • Wilson

        Boats and hats at Racine certainly an incentive to try and make it. Gotta get over opening of football season today in Dallas and Atlanta first.

  4. Wudzgud

    I was thinking the oil drums were for flotation. Matt, buy the one with the raccoon crap Jim cleaned out and I see Stinky II sitting in your barn.

  5. Chad

    BUY NOW and receive a free family of squirrels!

    Offer is valid for a limited time. Squirrels given at checkout. Offer cannot be combined with any other offers or used on previous purchases. Fine Wood Boats has the right to end any promotion at any time. Other restrictions may apply.

  6. Mark

    The sad part is Matt’s humorous subtitles are reality on the Facebook ads.

  7. Greg Lewandowski

    Wow, if I wasn’t already towing Tiger Lily and had an empty hitch???!!!

  8. Rick

    Having to buy a new ladder since it’s not included pushed the budget just too far. Love the design of the 26 CC.

  9. Roberta

    Good Grief, Jim!! I thought you were bringing a boat!!! LOL Now I know why you said to hide it in the back. I will put you in the “Field of Nightmares” LOL

  10. Mike Green

    Looks like a lot of work but they have potential. If someone ends up doing the 28′ Chris Craft I have a bunch of stuff for that boat and a pile of notes and patterns for the hatch area and decks.

    • Mo Sherrill

      I bought a 28′ CC Custom in 1973 and finally got around to finishing it in 2004! If I had known then about the parts you have I would have died for them! I sold the boat in 2005 to pay for my retirement and got a healthy return on my investment. I did ALL the woodwork myself including keel bottom sides, decks interior, etc, etc. in my “boat shop” but farmed out the engine and chrome. My wife ended up doing the upholstery. See the “after” pic here!

  11. Brian Robinson

    All great boats and can’t overstate how rare these are, especially the 1930 28′ Gar Wood and 1929 28′ Chris. Only 121 28′ Gar Woods built for 1930 and this is the more desirable 28-40 model with the big Scripps. I keep track of these and only know of 10 in existence.

    The 1929 28′ Chris is equally rare, 117 built for 1929 (180 total production 1929-1931) I know of 32 around today. The name on the hull card is NIRVANA which is pretty cool. I know Matt doesn’t want prices out there but I can tell you that what Jim wants for these is very, very reasonable – as in priced so Jim does not plan to wrap-in-a-green-tarp-for-the-winter-priced!

  12. Randy

    It would have been interesting to see how these once grand ‘ol craft were neglected to the point where they ended up in their varioud states of deterioration. Once people were pretty done using them they must still have been in decent shape. What happened after that is another story. Would it have been that hard to either construct a simple shelter or tarp them over with provisions for ventilation?

    Parking them uncovered out in a field must have been an unconscience act; why were they not sold at that time for, say, $25? Their owners at the time must have had some idea what would become of them.

  13. Scott

    If anyone that buys the 28′ Chris needs a wheel, get in touch with me… I build them.

      • Carl Mielke

        Hey Scott,
        Please contact me on these wheels. Thanx, Carl – Sierra Boat Co. 530-546-2551 x-3 I need a price for a project here. Were these from George Johnson’s plans?

  14. Jim Staib

    Well, almost 5CST and I have a “Checks in the mail” on the Gar Wood. And Mike Mayer who wants to be second in line. HMMM! After some clarification Mike wants to be second for buying the next round of Breakside IPA.

    • MikeM

      Jeez Jim…when you started our conversation with “what are you wearing” I thought it was going to be a private one. Now all the folks in Woodyboaterville know I’ve got extremely good taste in friends, boats and beer. Thx.

  15. don danenberg

    So,,, Jim…,
    Does this tell you that Matt was the right way to ‘market’ these?

    Granted, in 1995, it would have been different?
    Perhaps a roof?

  16. Shell-point

    I’ll always think of this post when I read “It’s all there” in a classified ad.

  17. Texx

    Jim – “Checks in the mail” doesn’t cut it these days. Anyone who is serious can send an e-transfer same day (same hour actually), and you can deposit the money in your bank account within minutes.

  18. Jim Staib

    After more research with the help of Terry Fiest We determined this is actually hull #898 with some boards from #903 in it. Probably since production. Hull 903 had a 260hp Packard gold cup racing engine. It still exists with modern V8 power. This hull #898 was Scripps 202 powered. 202 available.